Noida district hospital’s out-patient dept teeming with Covid patientsUpdated: Sep 15, 2020 23:25 IST
The out-patient department (OPD) of the Noida sector 30 district hospital is serving almost 1,200 patients a day, growing from the 200 to 400 patients per day figure during the lockdown.
In the last three days, the number of patients almost reached and even crossed the average of 1,500 patients per day that the hospital’s OPD served before the pandemic forced the lockdown in the country.
According to officials Sunday had around 1,200 patients, nearly 2,000 on Monday and Tuesday had around 1,750 patients till 6pm.
Dr. VB Dhaka, the hospital’s chief medical superintendent, said that the relaxation of curbs saw many patients reporting feverthe . “The figures may rise in the coming week as patients come in to be tested for Covid-19 (the UP government had recently relaxed rules on testing allowing some people to be tested without the need for a prescription). We tested 400 people on Monday and 375 on Tuesday,” he said.
Due to the influx, the hospital has deployed additional staff. “Since the heavy rush may cause further spread of Covid-19 cases, the additional staff are ensuring proper social distancing between the patients who are waiting,” he said.
Dr. Dhaka also said that the number of patients admitted in the hospital also increased after the Unlock process. “At present as many as 150 patients, including 14 pregnant women, are admitted. This year, there have been no case of dengue so far here. We detected five cases of malaria and the patients are being treated,” he said.
Meanwhile, the district hospital will soon have an exclusive ward to treat the elderly patients. “It will have 10 beds and two assistants will be deployed there. All the beds here will be have modern technological apparatus, including ventilators and pulse oximeters, which will help in speedy recovery of elderly patients from cardiac problems, paralysis, diabetes and rheumatic problems,” said Dr. Dhaka.